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Patriot or Patriot XL?

Old 02-23-2005, 11:10 AM
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Default Patriot or Patriot XL?

Hey guys,

I'm setting my sights on either a patriot or patriot XL for maybe my next kit project and would like your opinions on either airplane. I fly off of grass so prop clearance and durable retracts are my only minor requirements (pet peeves more like). I like the XL because of it's size, but I got more .46 engines lying around to put in a 40 sized one. What would you guys get and why? Bear in mind, I'm not looking for all-out speed...not until my eyes can keep up with it. Thanks!
Old 02-23-2005, 01:41 PM
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Default RE: Patriot or Patriot XL?

I have both, although I haven't built the XL yet.

I like the 40 size better just because the XL has way too much plastic in the kit. Of course, you can leave off the plastic parts without compromizing structural integrity, but if you are going to build either of them "stock" then the smaller kit is more enjoyable to finish up IMHO.

Plus you're set up with smaller engines, might as well use what you have on hand.

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Old 02-23-2005, 07:10 PM
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Thanks for the reply Don. I feel the same way about plastic parts too. If I was to buy the XL, I think I would most likely leave off the intakes and build a balsa cowl instead of using the ABS one.

Last question; what do most of you guys have in your patriots, retracts or fixed gear? [sm=confused.gif] I like the slickness of retracts, but is it a hassle and added weight? For retracts, what is the preferred type that usually fitted (brand and type)? Thanks in advance...
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Default RE: Patriot or Patriot XL?

Both of the planes fly quite well..... your choice. If you have a .46 sitting around, that should help make it an easier choice Either fly fine with fixed gear. If you want a good deal of speed, retracts are necessary.

This thread may be helpful on your retracts question
http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/fb.asp?m=2645261
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Thanks bob!
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i have built a patriot with retractable landing gear, but i am having a problem with the gear going back up and down. if anyone has any photos on how they placed or routed the lines please email me at [email protected] i would appreiate it so i can finally get this thing off the ground.
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Default RE: Patriot or Patriot XL?

John- I have used both air (Pneumatic) and mechanical retracts and they both work well--- keep in mind that I fly off pavement so that surface is easier on the systems-

I prefer Spring-Air simply because they are easier to set-up and they ALWAYS come down! My mechanicals have worked flawlessly but whomever built the Patriot spent the time so I would not have to---

You gotta have retracts in these birds though...
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Old 02-27-2005, 08:30 PM
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Default RE: Patriot or Patriot XL?

where can i get a hold of the air retracts for the .40 patriot and how much
thanks again
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Default RE: Patriot or Patriot XL?

I appreciate the advice Razor!

Tower has struck again, and they'll be a XL heading my way this week. I think I'll go with robart pneumatics due to the highly scientific fact that I have a set lying around here. I bought a set of hobbico mechanicals a long time ago, but I felt like they were so sloppy, I ditched them in favor of some pneumatics. [:'(] You get whatcha pay for...er maybe I got a bum set. Anybody want them? gear wire not included though...(I've used them on other stuff).


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SHOOT ILL TAKE THEM!!! just tell me how much and would they fit in a .40 patriot? and also a photo so i can see what they look like? thanks once again
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I'll send you a PM brian...

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